Facebook Inc. has initiated a program in Italy to track the accuracy of coronavirus information circulated on its WhatsApp messaging platform, the U.S. tech firm said on Thursday.
In a fresh effort to counter fake material, Facebook said it partnered with Facta’s local fact- service that analyzes information circulated on WhatsApp, like video, audio, or photographs.
Users can submit content via a WhatsApp message to Facta to test if it is authentic.
WhatsApp was Italy’s most famous messaging site, the epicenter of the European coronavirus outbreak.
Traffic on the site has spiked after the government shut the country down as users switched to social media to keep in contact with friends and relatives.
Yet the messaging app was also a tool for hoaxes over supposed dramatic scenarios in hospitals and videos alleging that the virus, which killed 13,915 people in Italy, was developed in a laboratory-or did not exist in any way.
WhatsApp, which has 2 billion users worldwide, has found ways to avoid using the site to distribute fake news.
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